Category Archives: Rising Stars

Hip New Jersey sits with the state’s up-and-comers before they hit the mainstream. We’ll find out what motivates them on their journey to the top!

Coffee with Marci

“Coffee with Marci”

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chats with Marci Hopkins of Coffee with Marci about her exciting online, Bergen County-centric show! This Facebook-based talk show gives entrepreneurs and non-profits a voice they otherwise wouldn’t have in an ever-shrinking marketplace.

“My mission is to empower and inspire,” says Marci.

We at #HipNJ are excited to welcome Marci into our extended family and look forward to helping her spread the good works of Garden State movers and shakers!

For more information, visit MarciHopkins.com and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Peter Ferriero

Peter Ferriero of “The Price of Fame”

We got the chance to sit down with Peter Ferriero, the talented director and co-producer of new documentary film “The Price of Fame” that chronicles the life and challenges that fame brought to pro-wrestling legend and “Million Dollar Man” himself, Ted Dibiase. The film contains the sort of intimate interviews with Dibiase and his family members that are sure to draw in even audience members who may not have been familiar with the wrestler during his prime with the WWE.

Ferreiro’s film was picked up by Fathom Events and is going to be playing in 650 theatres nationwide – no small feat for what started out as a small passion project for this lifetime wrestling fan. The question of “What happened to all the old wrestlers that I grew up watching?” lead Ferreiro into developing a friendship with Ted Dibiase that turned into the opportunity to create a documentary of his life. Just like many great films, this one was years in the making. Ferreiro expressed is gratitude to all the initial support he received from the film’s start on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter a few years back. Independent filmmaking is not easy by any means, but Ferreiro is a perfect example of what passion coupled with hard work and dedication can lead to.

Ferreiro’s film can be seen across the country on Tuesday November 7th. Check it out at the Garden State Plaza AMC and maybe you’ll run into the director himself!

Check out the interview below:

For more information on the film click here.

CareOne’s Elizabeth Straus Honored as a Leading Woman Intrapreneur

#HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino joined CareOne at Liberty State Park in Jersey City to celebrate New Jersey’s top leading women intrapreneurs, including CareOne executive vice president, Elizabeth Straus!

An intrapreneur, according to  Linda Wellbrock, CEO and Founder of Leading Women Entrepreneurs, is a “corporate executive who is innovative and advocates for women in some way, shape, or form.” Elizabeth, “excels in all the criteria and is a pillar example of what we’re looking for in an honoree,” Wellbrock explains.

For the past 9 years, Elizabeth Straus has overseen operations for her family’s senior care company, CareOne. In her role, Straus has transformed the 15-year-old company into multi-faceted provider of healthcare which spans the senior care continuum. Further, Straus has developed a model that is centered on providing exceptional care in exceptional settings. She has overseen over $30 million in new facility construction and is responsible for a workforce exceeding 10,000 employees throughout all of CareOne’s business. Under her leadership, CareOne has attained the highest ratings (5 Stars) in New Jersey from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, spearheaded dynamic clinical programs, and lead philanthropic efforts throughout her company which has produced over $10 million raised by CareOne for charitable causes.

Straus said it was “a real honor to be recognized with such incredible women” and that she was “taken aback by the women who are receiving the award as well.” She also commended her team who believe that nothing is impossible.

Great leadership achieves great things, and the key to doing so is by making people believe. “If you get people to believe, anything can happen,” says Straus.

For more information on Elizabeth Straus and CareOne, visit Care-One.com.